4-Ingredient Homemade & Healthy Chocolate
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Chocolate makes everything better: a great movie, a bad day, a nasty breakup.
Are you with me or are you with me?
Dark chocolate with a high cacao content is also a nutritious treat since it’s jam-packed with healthy antioxidants. But finding pure dark chocolate without any unnecessary additives can be a real struggle.
This is why I like to make my own chocolate.
I always keep a stash in the fridge, and delve into it almost daily — totally without guilt! In fact, I am doing my body a favor when I eat my homemade chocolate. It’s raw, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Each of its ingredients are packed with nutritional goodness, and the coconut oil even helps speed up my metabolism. What could be sweeter?
Best yet, the recipe is super simple and extremely quick to make.
Homemade and Healthy Chocolate
- 3/4 cup powdered cacao
- 2/3 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
- 1/3 cup organic coconut butter/manna
- 3-4 tbs organic raw honey OR 8-10 drops pure liquid stevia extract* (depending on your preference)
*I use Whole Foods 365 brand
You will also need a silicone chocolate mold.
Melt the coconut oil and raw honey together in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, no problem — put them into a glass oven-safe bowl or measuring cup (such as Pyrex), and place it in pot filled with shallow, boiling water (be careful not to let the water get into the bowl/ measuring cup). Stir the coconut oil and honey until melted, then add the cacao powder. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and consistent. Pour the mixture into your molds, and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to cool and set. After 20-30 minutes, pop the chocolates out of the molds and enjoy!
Since coconut oil has a low melting point, I suggest keeping your chocolates in the refrigerator.
One of the best parts about this recipe is its adaptability! You can use it to make any sort of chocolate-covered goodie you want (I love these salty, sweet & crunchy superfood snack bites). It is a great way to get more superfoods (goji berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.) into your diet, and definitely into children’s diets! Trust me, they won’t be complaining.
can I use something else than honey? Im vegan.
and what does it taste like? I don’t like dark chocolate
I cannot digest coconut oil it makes me sick
Hey, Imogen. Hmm maple syrup? Date sugar? I’m not really sure, I’ve only ever made it with honey but it’s worth experimenting!
Hi, is there any alternative to honey that you could suggest in this recipe to make it vegan? Would really like to give it a go!! Thanks 🙂
I just finished making these!! Really heavenly!! I’m not sure what I did wrong but my mix was NOT pourable at all!! I ended up pinching off bits and hand pressing into my molds which was time consuming! Any suggestions??
Awesome!! And thanks for sharing – that’s a great tip for anyone who doesn’t have any molds!
I don’t have silicone molds at this time, so I lined a baking pan with waxed paper and poured the melted mix like batter into the pan, then cooled it in the refrigerator. After it cooled I broke off pieces to eat. Added a handful of raw oats and some sunflower seeds to the hot mix. Might experiment with some nut butter added in next time. Healthy & nourishing, satisfying treats. And no refined sugar. Yay. Thanks for sharing your recipe Nadia.
I understand where you’re coming from. And I was truly not trying to “scold” her. I was just very shocked. I appreciate her website and all she provides. I’m sorry that my comment came out so derogatory.
Savannah, how wonderful of you to share that link… really truly helpful.
When we know better, we do better and it takes a village.
However, the scolding to Nadia was unwarranted and not at all fair.
Thanks for sharing this. I will need to look into it more and edit the post accordingly.
Here in this recipe, you recommend the Navitas brand cacao. This really shocks me to know that you have not done adequate research on the products you consume. A forensic food lab performed a study on several brands of cacao powder and nibs. The results were shocking, because Navitas brand was high in heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium. I really love your website, but please double check before recommending anything to the people who trust(ed) you.
Here’s the link: http://labs.naturalnews.com/heavy-metals-chart-Superfoods-Cacao.html
Yay!! You could probably use this and just swap out the PB for almond butter: https://bodyunburdened.com/homemade-and-healthy-chocolate-peanut-butter-cups/
Made them last night and brought these to work! Shared with my team..Loved them for that right amount of chocolate. Question: Would you please advise me on how to incorporate caramel almond butter into this recipe? (Someone brought it to the house and now I have to use it) This recipe is perfection so I am afraid to mess with it…
What can I use instead of coconut butter. I can’t get that here in South Africa- can I use normal butter?
Awesome combos! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I made these thinking it would be a nice, healthy substitute for the biscuits and sweets I was eating (I tend to like something sweet after a meal)… but I wasn’t expecting them to be so delicious! They’re much nicer than the sugary crap I normally eat — richer, more complex, and much more satisfying. They’re also super easy to make! I made mine with dried blueberries, which is a nice flavor combination, but I plan on experimenting with dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and other variations. Thank you for this recipe!